Best Large Workplaces in Ireland was presented at the Great Place to Work® Awards in the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin on Wednesday 26th February. The event was attended by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D.

Commenting on the significant achievement for the listed companies, CEO of Great Place to Work Ireland John Ryan said, “This evening is all about recognition for both the staff and management at this year’s listed workplaces. They have proven the clear link between high trust and high performance. These organisations are ahead of the rest because they don’t deliver mere platitudes about the importance of their employees to their business; rather, they create a rich culture supported by people practices that ensure higher levels of collaboration, greater input into strategy development and vision shaping, and distributed decision making throughout their population – making sure that the people with the most relevant knowledge are tasked with making those decisions.”

GPTW Top 10 2014The awards showcase organisations that hold a steadfast focus in ensuring their workplaces are the best that they can be and are testament to companies and employees who relentlessly strive to create a positive work culture. Version 1 has a core focus on employee engagement and is delighted to have been acknowledged in this regard. 

The 2013 survey saw Version 1 ranked as 5th in the Best Large category and placed among the Top 50 in Europe. The improvement in this year’s result reflects the dedication of the company as a whole to creating a “great place to work”.

Version 1 also notably picked up a Special Recognition award in the practice area “Developing”. This was to recognise efforts in the implementation of a Management Task Force (MTF) initiative. The initiative enables non-managers to tackle management challenges in the areas related to their expertise. MTFs have helped reduce the workload on existing management to a pool of employees who would not otherwise have been exposed to it.

Commenting on the award CEO Justin Keatinge said, “We are honoured to be collecting this award for the third consecutive year. To be listed in the Top 3 Best Large Workplaces is a remarkable achievement, it is a testament to every Version 1 employee and their immense commitment to creating an environment which is welcoming and trustworthy. At Version 1 we are focused on building something special and engagement is at the heart of that, we are creating an environment where people feel, above all, that they are valued members of a team. Having completed two recent acquisitions in the UK, adding another 100 employees, we are keen to build upon our world class levels of employee engagement. We recognise the challenges of integration but are confident that, in line with our ever growing and diversified team, our culture embodies trust in peers and pride in the company and it is these elements that will be a key enabler for our future success.”

Version 1 is an organisation that is focused on individual personal development and in creating a work environment in which people have the ability to gain the knowledge and skills they need to reach their full potential.

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A full list of the rankings is available on the Great Place to Work website.